Issue 20: 2011
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Mertz Glacier calving provides scientific opportunities
Within a year of the Mertz Glacier tongue calving, a team of scientists made the first observations of the new environment, with some surprising results.
Capturing the ocean’s microbial diversity
A team of microbiologists aim to learn more about microbes in the Southern Ocean.
Microbial menagerie under the microscope
Catch a glimpse into the world of phytoplankton in the Mertz Glacier region.
Life beneath a glacier tongue
Using an underwater camera, scientists have collected the first images of the sea floor beneath the Mertz Glacier, and the marine animals that live there.
Virus killer lurks in Antarctic lake
A virus that attacks other viruses has been discovered in a hypersaline lake near Davis station.
Krill sex life captured on camera
The sexual behaviour of Antarctic krill has been captured on underwater video for the first time.
Australia-Japan collaboration addresses climate change questions
Australia and Japan have joined forces to assess the impact of climate change on the Antarctic marine system.
Southern Ocean plankton is changing
A 20-year study of the Southern Ocean has found significant changes in the composition, distribution and diversity of plankton and krill.
Untangling the issue of whale bycatch
Two novel devices have been designed to prevent toothed whales from stealing valuable fish from longlines.
Antarctic ice sheet grows from below
Scientists have discovered that liquid water locked deep under the continent's coat of ice regularly thaws and refreezes to the bottom.
Keeping track of wildlife
Electronic recording devices attached to marine animals are providing scientists with a fascinating glimpse into life in the marine realm and information that will help manage and protect the animals and their ecosystems.
Antarctic environment at risk from fresh food
Results from the first major investigation into the effect of human activities on the invasion potential of alien (non-native) species into Antarctica show fresh food could pose a risk to Antarctica's biosecurity.
The Antarctic Treaty 50 years on
The 23rd of June marks 50 years since the entry into force of the Antarctic Treaty. What has changed in that time; how has the Treaty grown; and are the challenges the same?
Australia’s role in the Antarctic Treaty System
A new book, Australia and the Antarctic Treaty System: 50 Years of Influence, will be pulbished in late 2011 to help mark 50 years of the Antarctic Treaty.
Towards a representative system of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean
Australia’s proposal to establish a representative system of marine protected areas was discussed at the latest meeting ofthe Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
Oates Land to inland - Australian inspection activity in 2011
In January 2011 Australia conducted inspections of other nations’ Antarctic facilities.
A harp in the south
Harpist Alice Giles travelled to Antarctica on an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, almost 100 years since her grandfather stepped ashore with the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
South Korean film crew to winter with emperor penguins
A three-man team from South Korea are filming penguins at Auster Rookery for their new documentary Tears of Antarctica.
Mawson air tractor tail to tour Australia
The tail of Mawson's air tractor will become the centrepiece of a touring exhibition celebrating the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition later this year.
Husky's tale comes full circle
The last husky born at Mawson station has returned to her birthplace after 19 years.
A challenging Antarctic season
Planes, ships and expeditioners contributed to the success of the 2010–11 Antarctic season.
Antarctic Division Director retires, RJL Hawke fellowship, Centenary celebrations and more.
Chris Wilson captures an aurora over the wind turbines at Mawson in this spectacular image.
Photo: Glenn Jacobson
On the cover
Glenn Jacobson took this photograph of Antarctic sea ice during a voyage to Mawson station in February this year. Glenn works in the Australian Antarctic Division’s multimedia section as a production coordinator, where he produces video and still images for the Antarctic Division’s website, various publications and news media. The photograph was taken on a cloudy afternoon from the wheel house deck of the Aurora Australis (ISO 250, F13, 1/640).